A Short History


From the bestselling historian Norman Stone, whose work has been described by Andrew Roberts as ‘stunning … no one else quite writes history like he does’.


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Norman Stone


From the eminent historian Norman Stone, who has lived and worked in the country since 1997, comes this concise survey of Turkey’s relations with its immediate neighbours and the wider world from the 11th century to the present day. Stone deftly conducts the reader through this story, from the arrival of the Seljuks in Anatolia in the eleventh century to today’s thriving republic. It is an historical account of epic proportions, featuring rapacious leaders such as Genghis Khan and Tamerlane through the glories of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent to Kemal Atatürk, the reforming genius and founder of modern Turkey. At its height, the Ottoman Empire was a superpower that brought Islam to the gates of Vienna. Stone examines the reasons for the empire’s long decline and shows how it gave birth to the modern Turkish republic, where east and west, religion and secularism, tradition and modernity still form vibrant elements of national identity. Norman Stone brilliantly draws out the larger themes of Turkey’s history, resulting in a book that is a masterly exposition of the historian’s craft.

Additional information

Weight 244 g
Dimensions 13.4 x 19.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2017
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13.4 x 19.4 cm
Weight 244 g


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